My favorite of Jim Thompson's nasty little noir novels. Maybe beyond noir. Best peek into the mind of a sociopath I know of. Lou Ford is the Texas Sheriff we love to hate. He doesn't give a shit if he kills to get what he wants or to save his skin. Absolutely incapable of remorse. At the same time we really want him to get away with it. That's why we like being in his head.Jim Thompson's novels are so grim, so nasty, so spare. You'll finish this in one sitting, I'll guarantee it. That these brilliant little pieces of dark art were cheap filthy cult dime novels for so long is a shame. I even think Jim Thompson was a better writer than Hemingway, so there!